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Czechoslovak primary schools at the time of the fall of communism - eyewitness testimonies

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Year of publication 2021
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

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Description The aim of the paper is to present partial results of research focusing on an examination of the everyday life of the teachers at primary schools (ISCED 1 and 2) before the Velvet Revolution in 1989 and during the time of subsequent transformation as the eyewitnesses themselves lived it. We will specifically focus on the perception of organisational or pedagogical changes in schools themselves, how senior members of staff were replaced, and how the passage to school autonomy proceeded. In this paper we will also look at the methodological issues of research, in particular the method of oral history. We will mention in brief the preparation of interviews, the execution of pilot interviews, the evaluation of these, and the subsequent adjustment of the structure of interviews. We will also consider the issue of research that is based on interviews at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, which affects the organisation of the research and indeed the quality of the interviews.
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